Wealth & Poverty Quotations


There is a reptile in the throat of the greedy man always thirsting and famishing. It is not his own natural hunger and thirst which he satisfies.—Journal, 2 September 1851

They, methinks, are poor stuff and creatures of a miserable fate who can be advised and persuaded in very important steps.—Journal, 27 December 1858

Truly, our greatest blessings are very cheap.—”Thomas Carlyle and His Works

We seem to have forgotten that the expression “a liberal education” originally meant among the Romans one worthy of free men; while the learning of trades and professions by which to get your livelihood merely, was considered worthy of slaves only. But taking a hint from the word, I would go a step further and say, that it is not the man of wealth and leisure simply, though devoted to art, or science, or literature, who, in a true sense, is liberally educated, but only the earnest and free man.—”The Last Days of John Brown

Wealth cannot purchase any great private solace or convenience. Riches are only the means of sociality.—Journal, 2 January 1842

Wealth, no less than knowledge, is power.—Journal, 25 January 1841

What you call bareness and poverty is to me simplicity.—Journal, 5 December 1856

When I read an indifferent book, it seems the best thing I can do, but the inspiring volume hardly leaves me leisure to finish its latter pages. It is slipping out of my fingers while I read. It creates no atmosphere in which it may be perused, but one in which its teachings may be practiced. It confers on me such wealth that I lay it down with regret. What I began by reading I must finish by acting.—Journal, 19 February 1841

When my eye ranges over some 30 miles of this globe’s surface,—an eminence—green and waving with sky and mountains to bound it,—I am richer than Croesus.—Journal, 12 May 1850

Who will not confess that the necessity to get money has helped to ripen some of his schemes?—Journal, 6 February 1852

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